Liza Palmer Party: The Music

The Liza Palmer Party in honor of the release of Girl Before a Mirror continues today with an important part of any celebration: the music! One of my favorite moments in this book is a scene where Anna talks about music. She prides herself on listening to a certain kind of music and sneaks "guilty pleasure" songs into her respectable playlists. I'll let you read the book to find out how another character reacts to that little secret... 

This book was just calling for its own soundtrack, so Cassie and I got to work. Girl Before a Mirror opens with the lyrics from the song below, so we obviously had to highlight this beauty first. And below that you'll find a playlist of twenty songs we felt represented emotions or scenes in this book. The playlist follows the order of the book, but I'm sharing the lyrics for the last ten songs and Cassie has the lyrics for the first ten songs.

I got a ways to go / And I'm carrying a heavy load
But baby I want you to know / But baby I want you to know
That I never been so sure / And I never wanted nothing more
That you were who my love is for / You were who my love is for
Jill Andrews  My Love Is For

I've thrown away, I've thrown away again / The pills that make me
 I've thrown away, I've thrown away again / The chance, the want to change
TRACK 11: Edgewater – Eyes Wired Shut

There may come a time / You just can't seem to find your place 
For every door you open / It feels like two get slammed in your face 
That's when you need someone / Someone that you can call 
And when all your faith is gone / It Feels like you can't go on / Let it be me 
TRACK 12: Ray LaMontagne – Let It Be Me

Looking up, at last I found / You're never loved if you protect yourself 
Lay down, lay down your weapons boy / Right now, right now 
Under it all, you're not so tough / Everyone, everyone just wants to fall, to fall in love
TRACK 13: The Daylights  Weapons

If you were here beside me / instead of in New York / If the curve of you was curved on me 
I’d tell you that I loved you / before I ever knew you / 'Cause I love the simple thought of you 
TRACK 14: Snow Patrol – New York

I got ten fingers to the sky, / My back to the wall, my white flag high...
Put the gun down, put the gun down / Or I'mma set fire to the whole damn house
TRACK 15: ZZ Ward – Put the Gun Down

So many times it happens too fast / You trade your passion for glory 
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past / You must fight just to keep them alive 
TRACK 16: Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

Oh you got a fire and it's burning in the rain / Thought that it went out, but it's burning just the same 
And you don't look back, not for anything / 'Cause if you love someone, you love them all the same
TRACK 17: The Fray  Heartbeat

Sometimes it seems that the going is just too rough / And things go wrong no matter what I do 
Now and then it seems that life is just too much / But you've got the love I need to see me through
TRACK 18: Florence + The Machine – You've Got the Love

With your eyes on my secrets, / God knows what you'll see
There's so much to my story, / But you're the perfect ending 
TRACK 19: Matthew Mayfield – Better

All of these lines across my face / Tell you the story of who I am 
So many stories of where I've been / And how I got to where I am 
But these stories don't mean anything / When you've got no one to tell them to 
It's true... I was made for you 
TRACK 20: Brandi Carlile – The Story

Check out Cassie's post to see lyrics for the first ten songs!


  1. I LOVE what you and Cassie have been doing for the release of Girl Before a Mirror! This post is my favourite, because I love finding or creating playlists for my favourite books. After the great big party you guys have thrown, I FINALLY caved this morning and ordered Girl Before a Mirror. So excited for it to arrive! I think it will be my Valentine’s Day read.

  2. A PLAYLIST! I love listening to playlists, and it's always special to hear one for a book before I read it. I feel like this is setting up the feel of Girl Before a Mirror before I read it, so excellent job, ladies!


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